As one of the wealthiest cities in the world, London also has the highest rates of poverty and inequality of any English region. The London Community Foundation’s mission is to help bridge this gap. The London Community Foundation (LCF) has a track record of strong growth. 2015 marked their 20th anniversary and they have now made grants totalling £50 million. Annual grant awards have grown over the 20 year period to £5.2 million – a growth of 25% annually. The grants address some of society’s most pressing community-related issues such as child poverty, unemployment, isolation, homelessness, domestic violence and gang crime. With this track record of strong growth, and continued ambition to significantly scale up their reach and impact, their goal over the next 5 years is to double The London Community Foundation’s endowment and to increase annual grant awards by 75%.
Replacing a longstanding and well respected incumbent, the successful candidate would need to be an ambitious and enabling leader with the ability to excite and engage others. They would need to bring a proven history of building impactful relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders, and have a track record of delivering growth through fundraising, new business development or sales and marketing at a senior level. Sound financial literacy and commercial acumen would be essential.
Russell Delew was appointed as Chief Executive and will join the team in March 2016. Russell has more than 20 years' experience in leadership roles within the not for profit sector. He has delivered transformational growth in some of the UK's best loved organisations including Cancer Research UK, Great Ormond Street Hospital and the NSPCC. In his current role as Director of Major Giving & Appeals at Cancer Research UK, Russell has developed the strategy and built a team which has delivered over £120 million in the past 4 years, including £90 million towards the construction of the Francis Crick Institute in London.